|Overemphasis on perfection in the field||00h:00m:23s|
|Problems with this train of thought: puts the focus on the person auditioning, such as how you are rated, how you are dressed, and etc. instead of focusing on the purpose of your performance (i.e. the delivery of beautiful music)||00h:01m:10s|
|Focus on your role as contributor||00h:02m:03s|
|Preparation suggestions for auditions: to have a vivid concept of how you want each excerpt to come across to the listener||00h:02m:45s|
|On an emotional and theatrical level: how do you want the listener to respond?||00h:03m:06s|
|Think of the committee not as judges but as an audience||00h:04m:00s|
Craig Knox, Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, talks about mental preparation for auditioning
Craig Knox joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba in 2005. His previous orchestra positions included Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony. Since 1995, he has spent part of each summer as Co-Principal Tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. Since joining the PSO, Mr. Knox also performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass. He has been an active chamber musician for many years, having co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, which has performed in recital throughout the U.S. and Japan, and been heard numerous times on NPR.
Mr. Knox is Artist Lecturer of Tuba at Carnegie Mellon University and Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Duquesne University. He previously served on the faculty at Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, California State University-Stanislaus, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was Director of the Brass Chamber Music program.
A native of Storrs, Connecticut, Mr. Knox began formal musical studies on the classical guitar at age 6, and took up the baritone horn in the 5th grade. At age 11, while attending a summer music camp, he was so enamored with the student orchestra that he switched to tuba so he could pursue a life in music as an orchestral performer. His first teachers included Gary Ofenloch, Samuel Pilafian and Chester Schmitz. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Orchestra and earned a Bachelor of Music and continued with graduate study at Boston University with Samuel Pilafian.